Posts Tagged ‘Monsters’

The Creakers

By Tom Fletcher

ISBN 9780141388779

This book arrived on my desk for our library and I have nabbed it before the children as I want to read it first. The cover is gorgeous, and I know I use that word a lot, but it is gorgeous. When are immediately drawn to the book with its wonderful colours, embossed title, and Lucy, our main character appealing to us to join her in a magical adventure. There are some very cool illustrations throughout the story adding to the wonder of it all. The print size is an ideal size, just like Goldilocks and her chairs, not too big, not too small, but just right for readers who sadly, are often put off reading because of the size of the print in some books.

I  can’t wait to start reading.

What silently waits in the shadows at night? What’s under your bed, keeping just out of sight?

Do you ever hear strange, creaking noises at night? Ever wonder what makes those noises? Lucy Dungston always did.

Until, one morning, Lucy discovers that all the grown-ups have disappeared – as if into thin air. Chaos descends as the children in Lucy’s town run riot. It’s mayhem. It’s madness. To most kids, it’s amazing! But Lucy wants to find out the truth. Lucy lost her dad not long ago, and she’s determined not to lose her mum too. She’s going to get her back – and nothing is going to stop her . . . except maybe the Creakers.

 

Not only do we have an exciting premise to get us hooked but there is also a very cool book trailer to watch as well.

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Nibbles: The book monster

Bu Emma Yarlett

ISBN 9781848691933

Little Tiger UK

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It doesn’t matter how old you are, a good picture book is not just for young children.  A good picture book is worth reading at any age and Nibbles: The book monster is one such book.  Brightly coloured, full page illustrations are one of the first things you notice, but the second, is the cheeky smile of the very naughty book monster.  Despite being naughty and gate-crashing his way into traditional fairy tales you just can’t help but like him. The ending is particularly funny and children will love it.

There are peep holes to peek through, and  stories within stories to unfold. Nibbles has escaped from his cage and is on the run. The story really needs the reader to help put him back in the cage where he belongs.  I bought this delightful book for the school library and can’t wait to share it with the children. It is also great for teachers wanting to look at fractured fairy tales.

 

 

A monster calls

By Patrick Ness

Walker Books

ISBN 9781406311525

A monster calls remains one of my all time favourite books. It is a stunningly illustrated and beautifully written tale of the fragility of humans.

Connor knows the monster is out there and that it is coming for him. Coming for the truth!

I cried buckets when I read this book and no doubt I will take tissues with me to see the movie. I am lucky to have a hardback copy of this beautiful book and it sits on my “favourites and beautiful books” shelf.  You know, the ones you grab first if ever you had to evacuate your home. Living with earthquakes and having half our city destroyed in 2011 by a very devastating quake which took the lives of 185 people, you learn to keep things where you can reach them quickly. That’s the shelf for this book.

 

I hope that all involved wont mind me sharing the trailer as it needs to be spread far and wide. It really will be one movie not to be missed. (And the fact that Liam Neeson and that wonderful accent of his is involved is just another reason to see the movie when it comes out).

 

And I do believe in reading books first before seeing the movies so here is a trailer to the book for those who haven’t yet read it.

The luck uglies
By Paul Durham

ISBN 9780007526901

Eleven year old Rye O’Chanter has seen much in her short life. She has grown up in Village Drowning’s treacherous streets and forgotten cemeteries. But on the night of the Black Moon Rye becomes convinced that the terrible Bog Noblins have returned from the forest Beyond the Shale. Bog Noblins are supposed to be extinct so how can Rye convince people that they are wrong and that danger is everywhere. Who will protect them from the creatures.
And what of the stranger named Harmless who encourages Rye to question everything she knows. Rye is confronted with secrets she must unravel but danger lurks and it just may take a villain to save the village from monsters.
This is book one in a new trilogy which I have just bought for school.
I do love the trailer with its mixed media. Great appeal for middle grade readers who will be intrigued by the trailer. I may just have to fight the students to read it first!

Such wicked intent
By Kenneth Oppel

You might recall a previous post on This dark endeavour by Kenneth Oppel which was Book one in The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein series. Book two continues with Such wicked intent.

The gothic thriller continues but this time the desire to bring back the dead leaves eveyone in great danger. When does obsession become madness? And how can Victor ignore his feelings for his twin brother’s betrothed? This is a great one to get hold of with Halloween just around the corner. Scare yourself!

A monster calls
By Patrick Ness

The monster comes calling but what it wants is something different – something Conor is not expecting.
Another of those books sitting by my bed just waiting to be read. Oh, for more time!

Ultraviolet
By R.J. Anderson

Once upon a time there was a girl who was special. This is not her story. Unless you count the part where I killed her.”
I read this book and I still am not sure what to make of it – not sure just what happened. Alison is in a psychiatric hospital for the murder of her classmate. Did she or didn’t she kill Tori?

Monster Blood Tattoo : Lamplighter
Book 2 in the series about monsters by D. M. Cornish.

This has been around for awhile but still a great book.